100th Anniversary of Eduard Schweizer’s Birth

The University of Zurich is set to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of its former professors and rectors Eduard Schweizer by holding a seminar on “The New Testament and the Church.” Schweizer is best known for his three commentaries on the Synoptic Gospels. I particularly liked his one on Mark, but [Read More...]

Review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views at RBL

Over at RBL is a review of The Apostle Paul: Four Views by Arthur Dewey. [Read more...]

Book Notice: The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament

I. Howard Marshall, Volker Rabens, and Cornelis Bennema (editors) The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology Essays in Honor of Max Turner Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Available at Amazon.com Max Turner has had a distinguished career in NT studies as both a teacher, supervisor, and author. His work on the [Read More...]

Infanticide: The Coming Battle

Yesterday I created a file on my computer marked “Infanticide.” I intend to start making notes, collecting articles, and finding materials about the subject. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while and I’m convinced that now is the time to start gathering info and getting ready to deal with the subject. Let me [Read More...]

Church of England Document on Same Sex Marriage

The COE has released a document from its Faith and Order commission entitled, Men and Women in Marriage. The report ends with these words: It has seemed to some that the disagreement over same-sex marriage is a disagreement over mere names. But names govern how we think, and how we think governs what we learn to appreciate. When [Read More...]

“Seeing the Son of David”

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I’m just now rereading my Doktorvater Markus Bockmuehl’s book Seeing the Word, particularly the chapter “Seeing the Son of David”. If you’ve not yet read this book I highly recommend it. I had the privilege of being a member of a reading group that met fortnightly in Markus’ home in Cambridge where we engaged these [Read More...]

Mike Bird’s Inaugural Ridley Lecture

As part of my move to Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry, the college is hosting my inaugural public lecture. The topic is: What is “Evangelical” about Evangelical Theology? Tuesday 23 April 10am for a 10:30 start Followed by question time chaired by Principal, Brian Rosner For those in Melbourne, you can RSVP here. [Read more...]

Romans 1:1-17 – A Paraphrase

Here is my attempt at a paraphrase of Romans 1:1-17. Does it make people cringe any where? NB: Before people rag on paraphrases, remember this, for me, paraphrases are not substitutes for translation. They are, rather, more like interpretive triage; paraphrases are like the first line of interpretation that we can undertake. Paul Introduces Himself to [Read More...]

Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist is the name of Con Campbell’s new book. It is about evangelism to and through the creative arts. Con himself – heading to TEDS I should add – is NT scholar and an accomplished jazz musician. The video below gives a cool explanation of the book and what it is about. [Read More...]

My Brittle Bones by Phil Burcham

Well, I think First Things is my new favourite journal. In the latest issue, Prof. Philip C. Burcham, Professor of Pharmacology in Perth, Western Australia, has a piece on My Brittle Bones. Burcham documents his life growing up with a brittle bone disease and what happened when his daughter was diagnosed with the same condition. This [Read More...]

The Atonement – Three Views on the ABC

There is an excellent Good Friday discussion on The Cross and the Atonement on ABC Radio with my good friends Ben Myers and Michael Jensen, plus some philosopher dude named Chris Flemming. Anselm cops bit [Read more...]

Best April’s Fools Day Joke Ever

Congrats to Ben Myers for pulling off the best April’s Fools Day joke ever about the discovery of a new Barth manuscript. I think April’s Fools Day jokes need two elements: (1) Believability; and (2) People wanna believe it! Ben does both. Oh, and see his gloating here! [Read more...]

Paul Barnett on the New New Testament

Rt. Rev. Prof. Paul Barnett (former archbishop of North Sydney) has something to say about the New New Testament … he doesn’t like it. Read here.   [Read more...]

New Commentary on John in NCCS

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The latest installment in the New Covenant Commentary Series (NCCS) is on the Gospel of John by Jeyaseelan Kanagaraj (a.k.a. “Jey”). Jey J. Kanagaraj is a Professor of New Testament who served a number of years at the Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, N. India and who was the Principal of Bethel Bible Institute in Salem, S. India. [Read More...]

Easter Sunday Thought: Raised for our Justification

Since it is now Easter Sunday, I thought I’d rehearse one of my favourite Easter themes: justification by resurrection. One of my most treasured Pauline texts is Rom 4:25, “He was handed over for our sins and raised for our justification.” I’ve invested a lot time studying and meditating on this verse. I wrote my Honours Thesis [Read More...]